The future of Tampere is built on a sustainable economic policy that enables comfortable everyday life for all. This includes responsible decision making as well as cooperation with businesses. The decisions for our tomorrow are made today, and I want to be a part of making them. Working together with all parties and by listening to constituents is very important for me in order to keep everyone on board.
Read more about me and what I want to develop in Tampere!
I’m an experienced advocate with plenty of enthusiasm, up for discussion, and a record of getting things done. I’m born and raised in the countryside and come from a large family, but Tampere has been my home for more than 10 years. Home, family and nature are very important to me.
I want to be involved in building the future of Tampere, as I want it to be the city of my future as well. There’s a lot to love, but a lot to improve to ensure many more want and are able to make the city the backdrop of their life.
I have chosen the Greens, as new things are hard to build with old tools. We need bold action and ways to listen to citizens better. Communal politics need close cooperation across party lines: it’s more about you than it is about us.
I chose to run in the elections as our everyday lives are built by the decisions made in the council. Housing, transportation, education, and healthcare are the building blocks to our lives, and the smoother they’re organised the better we can make choices for our best lives. The city can also improve our opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment.
Communal elections of 2021
The future of Tampere is built on sustainability. The most important aspect of this is economic policy that ensures a safe and stable foundation for all to build their future. Public finances must be used responsibly, with emphasis on the long term impact of decisions. The constituents are worth investing in, just as much as the roads and buildings.
As a smaller and therefore a more agile player, Tampere can be a competitor to the capital region as a seedbed for businesses and jobs. Priority should be set on early intervention services that lower the overall budgetary costs and provide more opportunity for wellbeing. By focusing on those often left behind we can develop better quality of teaching, social services and health care for all.
Wellbeing is not just a question of healthcare services. It can be improved by building a city that encourages to move and provides early intervention mental health services. Investment to early intervention lowers overall costs in the long run.
Designing the streets to encourage walking and cycling makes for a more active everyday life. We can all add to our step count when the ways are better maintained. Public transport scheduling and stops must be designed so that it becomes easier to leave your car in its spot.
There’s plenty of opportunities for free and active life already, but we can improve even more by attaching services close to our playgrounds and fields. Equipment hire and lending on city maintained fields should be available all year round. Outdoor gyms should be available for all levels of training.
As many of the health care services have been closed during the pandemic, they will open back up even more crowded than before. Mental health services is the wrong place to cut costs, as the treatment is the more efficient the earlier it reaches patients. Quick and low threshold access can prevent more serious issues and the need for specialised care. This approach both saves costs and ensures a healthier life for many.
Tampere should be the easy choice, whether you’re an employee, self-employed or just looking to try something new. Responsibility is key in sustainable business: the city as an employer must carry its weight in social responsibility. The lack of qualified workers in public sector needs urgent action.
Tampere is a growing city with plenty of opportunities for workers and entrepreneurs. Those who are just starting out could be better supported by bringing all business services together. Businesses should be actively encouraged to hire international workers, for example those graduating from the university. Helsinki and Vaasa already have their own models for doing this, and Tampere needs to develop an even better one for itself.
The city is also a big employer. Unfortunately due to tendering the city has found itself in situations where worker’s rights have not been respected. The city cannot buy services from businesses that do not pay legal wages. The healthcare and early education sectors urgently need qualified employees, and the city needs to do its utmost to encourage more applicants to ensure the quality of elderly care, health care and daycare services for all of us.
All of Tampere should feel like home for all of us. Public services should better provide for groups in need of enhanced support. All boroughs need equal attention to development.
Tampere has been built with the idea of blending all forms of housing in any new development. This should be continued, and we all should be able to afford to choose where we live. That way you can, for example, buy from the same area where you once rented. The services provided by the city must be planned to even out differences between citizens by providing according to the needs of the borough’s citizens. Business should be encouraged to spread out into local centres, not just the city centre.
The city’s services don’t always reach those who don’t speak Finnish. Employees in schools and social and health care should be educated in the risks associated with belonging to an ethnic or language minority, and work to mitigate them.
The decision making can be made more inclusive by listening to the citizens in decisions directly affecting them. Participatory budgeting is a good first step, but it can also be developed further. One way could be the better involvement of schools: as minors aren’t allowed to vote, we should find other ways to listen to them. It’s important to find inclusive ways to listen to citizens in specific matters as well, while taking into account different barriers for participation such as age and language.
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